Meeting Brandon Sanderson

Brandon Sanderson is the fantasy author behind successful series’ such as Mistborn and The Stormlight Archive, as well as the writer responsible for finishing off The Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan passed on. I’ve been a fan of his for some time now, so when the opportunity arose to go to a signing and meet him, I took it.

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The Great Fantasy Break: Part Three

As many, many people now know, I have recently embarked on writing an epic fantasy novel, The Kraken and the Clock Tower. My big worry during this writing process is accidentally stealing ideas from other authors, so I am taking a break from reading fantasy, at least for the next couple of months. This feature will chronicle what I read instead, and some general thoughts on it all.

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The Great Fantasy Break: Part Two

As many, many people now know, I have recently embarked on writing an epic fantasy novel, The Kraken and the Clock Tower. My big worry during this writing process is accidentally stealing ideas from other authors, so I am taking a break from reading fantasy, at least for the next couple of months. This feature will chronicle what I read instead, and some general thoughts on it all.

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Star Trek Voyager and the Elevation of Tie-In Fiction

Voyager

The last time I made one of these posts, it was on Alien: Out of the Shadows, and some of the pitfalls I find tie-in fiction falls into. In the interest of fairness and positivity, I’d now like to examine some good examples of tie-in fiction; Kirsten Beyer’s recent Star Trek Voyager relaunch.

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Dan’s Inferno

I went on a bit of a Twitter rant earlier. I try to be a positive person as much as I can, but sometimes I see something happen that just sets me off for no good reason. In this case, it was the world exploding at the announcement of Inferno, the forthcoming Dan Brown novel. I’m not a Dan Brown fan by any stretch. I find his characters dull and shallow, his plots predictable and his prose simplistic and boring. And so I ranted. From a place of jealousy, or misplaced arrogance, or a misguided sense of justice, I took it upon myself to decide that Dan Brown doesn’t deserve the success he’s had. Because I don’t like him. Yeah.

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